December 31, 2008
Jamie Hall died peacefully but very unexpectedly in her sleep Friday, Dec. 26, 2008.
Jamie co-founded Aspen Country Day School with her husband, Carter Hall, and taught music appreciation, English and French. She was the associate school administrator, handled public relations and started the school’s skiing program.
Jamie was born on Sept. 18, 1938, in Roswell, N.M., to Thomas Ceburn Musgrave and Josephine Bennett Musgrave. She lived on numerous military bases in America and Europe as her father’s Air Force career culminated in a posting in Washington, D.C., as a major general. She attended Foxcroft, Middlebury College and studied abroad for a year at the Sorbonne in Paris.
Jamie married Carter Hall on April 8, 1960, and moved to New Orleans, where he was the headmaster of Metairie Park Country Day School, and she was a student advisor and teacher of music appreciation. She was a co-founder and board member of Community Adoption Service of New Orleans and served on the board of directors of the New Orleans Symphony.
The family moved to Aspen in 1969 with their three children. Jamie adored the mountains and was an unbelievably graceful skier whose distinctive style was easy to pick out. She worked as the director of Senior Services for Pitkin County in the early ’80s and served as the secretary of the Pitkin County Council on Aging.
Her love of books and music led her to serve as the Friends of the Library chairperson, Pitkin County Library board secretary and president, and to volunteer in the Pitkin County Library Music Room. She served as an Aspen Theater Institute board member, volunteered at the Aspen Historical Society, and served as a volunteer, board member and president of the Aspen Valley Hospital Volunteers.
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She rekindled her love of antiques acquired while living in New Orleans by founding Antique Accents Ltd., quickly developing a discerning eye for French and English accent pieces and fine Italian mosaics.
Jamie climbed most of the fourteeners in Colorado and numerous peaks in the Alps with her son, Marshall. She passionately loved Zermatt, Switzerland, and the Matterhorn, which she climbed twice. She spent a harrowing night lost in a blizzard on Mont Blanc.
She passionately loved her grandsons and was always there to meet them at the bus stop and eager to have them over for play dates. She left many plans unfinished, including climbing the Matterhorn again, building houses for three generations of Halls and watching her beloved grandchildren earn their midnight blue belts in Soo Bak Doh.
Jamie was predeceased by her parents and her son, Christopher. She is dearly loved and missed by her husband, Carter, son Marshall, her daughter, Jaimbea, her daughter-in-law, Julie, her grandsons, Carter and John Christopher, her brother, Tim Musgrave, her nephew, Thomas and her niece, Natalie.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Aspen Chapel. Donations can be made to the Aspen Valley Hospital Volunteers, 0401 Castle Creek Road or to The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation, 222 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2B8 Canada.